Revolution on a short leash:

Student Protesters are Walking a Tightrope in Hong Kong

It’s hard to know what to think about the student protests in Hong Kong. On the one hand they are incredibly inspiring. The courage, determination, brilliant organizing in the face of corporate blocking of the social media platforms that have been so critical early on to coordinating actions and rallying support, and the links that …

Expect to find the black hand of the CIA behind Morales’ ouster:

When an Elected Government Falls in South America, as in Bolivia Today, Look For a US Role

When it comes to politics in Latin America, what initially seems clear is usually anything but. And when that some complicated political event happens and is reported about in the US, the last place to look for clarity is the US media, which almost universally parrots the Washington line — an imperialist one that takes …

Joker Kills 'em at the Box Office

Drones, Guns and Abject Heroes In America

A couple Saturdays ago I attended the monthly protest near the drone base located on what used to be the Willow Grove Naval Air Station in Horsham, PA, outside Philadelphia. The vigil has been going on monthly for a number of years, peopled by some of the most spiritual, peace-loving people I know. I’d say …

Fighting words for young workers from a radical elder:

You Will Have Social Security Just like Your Parents and Grandparents — If You Fight to Keep It!

  I was explaining to my 26-year-old son recently that while I’m continuing to work as a writer, because I waited until age 70 to begin collecting my Social Security benefits, I am now collecting almost $29,000 on top of what I earn doing my freelance journalism thing. He said, matter-of-factly, “Well, I and most …

As with Nixon, impeaching Trump requires a slow boil, not a stir-fry

Democrats Make a Huge Mistake If They Just Focus Impeachment on the Ukraine Scandal

The impeachment theater on display today in the House, bracketed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s maudlin reading of Article I of the Constitution, and by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s ludicrous evocation of the Stalin purge trials to characterize the full House vote to establish impeachment rules and procedures, is increasingly looking like the first act …

Life Without Parole Sentences Rob Taxpayers & Pervert Justice

Hundreds from across Pennsylvania rallied inside the Rotunda of the Capitol in Harrisburg recently to offer a solution for resolving an enormously expensive problem in state law that plagues the state’s prison system That expensive problem arises from Pennsylvania’s Life Without Parole (LWOP) sentences that keep inmates in prison until they die. Every year Pennsylvania’s …